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A Changing of the Guard at National Journal

As the beloved Charlie Green steps away from a publication he has lived and breathed for the past 16 years, relative newcomer Tim Grieve steps into the role of Editor-in-Chief of National Journal Magazine as well as Bruce Gottlieb, President of National Journal, announced the news to staff just after noon today with a bittersweet champagne toast for Green.

Gottlieb said he asked Green to take two weeks to hopefully return with a different decision. This is all very personal for Gottlieb, who has worked with Green for years. Green spoke very favorably and said kind things about Grieve – that he has great news and digital sense and will make a fine leader. Then Grieve spoke and said it’s a huge honor for him to step into Green’s role.

Green broke the news to Publisher David Bradley three months ago. The men had an agreement. A few years back when Bradley had to offer buyouts. At the time, he implored Green not to take it. He didn’t. But said when he knew it was the right time to move on to something new that Bradley would accept his resignation graciously, without a fight.

By far this announcement by Bradley is more dramatic and heartfelt than anything we’ve seen from him in three and a half years. And that’s saying a lot since Bradley doesn’t sneeze without being dramatic.

See the must-read memo…Bradley even breaks into song. Read more

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National Journal Hires Tom DeFrank

National Journal  has a new face in its midst. They’ve hired Tom DeFrank, formerly of Newsweek and the NY Daily News, as a Contributing Editor. He was Newsweek‘s White House correspondent for a quarter century, second only to Helen Thomas. He was Washington Bureau Chief of the New York Daily News.
DeFrank is a native of Arlington, Texas.
See the internal memo from National Journal Editor Charlie Green. Read more

Roll Call Shuffle: Heil to Features, McSherry to HOH

After more than three years of writing Roll Call‘s “Heard on the Hill” column, Emily Heil is passing the torch to Ali McSherry. McSherry will join Elizabeth Brotherton on the HOH beat while Heil spreads her wings as a features writer. Memo from Charlie Mitchell announcing the musical beats below:

Folks, I’m happy to announce a few beat changes that should lead to great benefits all around.

After three-plus years as the senior Heard on the Hill writer, Emily Heil is going to take on a broader writing and reporting portfolio for Roll Call. Emily has sparkled in the HOH beat, filling the page and website with scoops, celebrity foibles and generally great dish.

As a feature writer, she will more fully explore the people and personalities of Capitol Hill, and will add a different perspective to our coverage of great happenings in our midst.

And fear not, HOH will be in good hands. After two-plus years working on the HOH team, Elizabeth Brotherton will step into the lead role. Beth is already an accomplished sleuth — and a terrific feature writer. She will continue to lend HOH the unique voice that makes it such an important part of Roll Call.

Beth will be joined on the HOH team by Ali McSherry, whose Office Space profiles, reviews and campus and neighborhood stories have been mainstays of the Around the Hill section for the past year and a half. Ali is quite the sleuth in her own right and I know she is going to prosper in her new role.

Join me in congratulating Emily, Beth and Ali on their new roles. And keep sharing those tips!

Charlie Mitchell
Roll Call Newspaper

National Journal’s Bumpy Road to Reinvention

njbunp.jpeg “It’s a ghost town.” That’s how National Journal‘s newsroom was recently described to FishbowlDC.

While National Journal insists that the planned rebirth of the newsgroup is moving along as planned, others relay a very different story. For starters, we’re told that the magazine’s entire editing team has accepted the buyout. And though Charlie Green remains, he will be moving from his editorial role and into an advisory position with the company. Sources also tell us that only a handful of mid-level editors from Congress Daily will stay on and that half of Hotline is already gone.

When asked about the transformation in progress, a source inside the newsroom said, “It’s not going well. I think management is shocked by how many people are taking them up on their offer.” Our source went on to say, “Why wouldn’t I take the buyout? It’s degrading to interview for your own job and then receive an offer for up to 25% less than you’re currently making.”

Good point – so why not take the buyout? According to those familiar with the deals, packages were based solely on tenure. While most were offered 6 months to a year, no employee was offered less than 3 months and some got up to 16 months salary. The alternative – a several week interview process to keep a similar job with more work for less pay.

So what about National Journal’s nationwide star search for the best and brightest reporters? “Those star-level positions only pay $60 – $90K annually,” said a FishbowlDC source. “I’m not sure what kind of stars they’re going to be able to recruit for that salary.”

Mystery of NJ’s Reorganization Solved For Now

For days we’ve been hearing rumors and bits and pieces of news regarding changes at NJ. We’ve even gotten nasty, rotten missives from anonymous tipsters who want us to cover these changes but offer nothing but anonymous scraps. Not that we’re not appreciative, but news of internal changes at any publication cannot be reported in that manner.

Today we’ve gotten word straight from the horse’s mouth — in this case, that horse being NJ Editor Charles Green.

Fact: There is a reorganization going on within the publication to unify NJ Magazine, CongressDaily, the Web site and The Hotline. Explained Green, there are four different newsrooms within the Watergate offices. This is what will change. For example, they want all health care reporters reporting to the same editor.

Green said NJ will not reduce or merge the publications. He said there will still be four separate operations, but they will be united in spirit and in practical ways. CongressDaily will still operate from Capitol Hill. The rest will still operate from the Watergate offices. “We’re not reducing the number of publications,” Green said. “In fact, we’re going to be increasing the amount of online contest over the next couple of months.”

Fact: There will be staff reductions. Green said they will be in the “single digits.” At the moment there are approximately 100 editorial employees.

While sources say the mood at NJ is nothing short of “morose,” Green insists that “anytime you have a reorganization there is some uncertainty and nervousness, that’s natural.” He said he’s certain that will be abated as the situation becomes more clear to staff. “We’re in the process of trying to ensure that when we make final decisions on staffing issues that they will have an opportunity to put their hand up and [have their say].”

Green said the process for staff reshuffling has not been finalized. It is not yet known if editorial staff will need to reapply for their jobs or for another they may want. “We want to do it in a way that is respectful of our staffers,” he said.

And the Envelope Please…Finalists for Michael Kelly Award


Atlantic Media has announced four finalists for the 2010 Michael Kelly Award.

The $25,000 award will be given at a ceremony at the company’s Washington, D.C. headquarters on April 18. The award was created in honor of Michael Kelly, who was editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and NJ and was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

Chosen from a field of 50 entries, finalists are:

1. Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian, LAT
Based on five months of tenacious reporting, Bensinger and Vartabedian chronicled the problem of unintended acceleration in Toyotas. As LAT Editor Russell Stanton wrote in his nomination letter, Bensinger and Vartabedian “challenged assumptions, developed their own evidence and built a compelling case of corporate malfeasance and regulatory indulgence.”

2. Sheri Fink, ProPublica
Who should be saved first when disaster strikes? That’s the question that doctors and nurses at Memorial Medical Center in New Orleans faced in the harrowing days after Hurricane Katrina when scores of patients were trapped in a building without electricity or running water. In “The Deadly Choices at Memorial,” ProPublica writer and medical doctor Sheri Fink reconstructed the decisions that resulted in some patients being injected with lethal doses of morphine as others were boarded onto rescue helicopters.

3. Jeffrey Gettleman, NYT
As the East Africa correspondent for NYT, Gettleman has tracked the spread of Islamic radicalism, interviewed pirate bosses in Somalia (one of whom laughed that their lunch together was like “the cat eating with the mice”) and described how mass rape of women and men has become a weapon of war in eastern Congo. He’s been shot at by insurgents and dealt with the constant risk that his reporting will put him in harm’s way.

4. David Rohde, NYT
Rohde described how he and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped by the Taliban outside Kabul and held for seven months before he and one of his colleagues escaped on foot to a Pakistani military base. Rohde was initially reluctant to write about his experience, telling his editors, “I donÂ’t want to make myself look like a hero. I am not a hero.”

Five judges comprised the selection panel:

Ken Armstrong, The Seattle Times

Siobhan Gorman, WSJ

Charlie Green, NJ

Kathy Kiely, USA Today

Cullen Murphy, VF

More information, including full entries and past winners, visit here.

Washingtonian Snags Harris from NJ

Shane Harris of NJ has taken a job with Washingtonian.

Here’s the internal memo from NJ Editor Charlie Green:

All the best to Shane Harris, who will be joining Washingtonian as a new senior writer.

Shane explained his decision this way:

‘About a year ago, after I finished writing my book, I decided to make
long-form storytelling, and particularly narrative, the focus of my career. When Washingtonian made me an offer to write big, compelling stories about Washington for the magazine, it was hard to pass up. Not only are these the kinds of stories I like writing, but the new editor wants to see more of them in the publication. (The fact that he’s a close friend made the opportunity even more exciting.) I’ll continue to write stories about national security, but I’ll be widening my lens to take in new beats, new ideas, and new people. I’m very excited about this next step in my career. I’m also looking forward to working on my second book.’

More thoughts from Green about Harris after the jump…

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Cannon Joins Reader’s Digest

FishbowlDC has learned that National Journal’s Carl Cannon is leaving the magazine to become Reader’s Digest’s D.C. bureau chief.

From NJ’s Charlie Green:

    All the best to Carl Cannon, who is leaving NJ to become the Washington bureau chief of Reader’s Digest. Carl will be both writing and editing in his new position. With 8 million readers, Reader’s Digest is the world’s largest general interest magazine and is translated into more than 20 languages… Carl came to NJ in 1998 and immediately established himself as one of the magazine’s top writers. His stories have been featured on the cover dozens of times and Carl’s newspaper background frequently made him the go-to person when news broke and we needed someone to quickly put together a cover story. During Carl’s time here he has won the Gerald R. Ford Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and the Aldo Beckman award for White House coverage. In his spare time, Carl has served as a writing coach and mentor to several current and former staffers. Congratulations to Carl on his new position. He plans to continue writing for NJ on occasion as a contributing editor.

Congrats Corine!

From National Journal’s Deputy Editor Patrick B. Pexton:

    Charlie Green and I are thrilled to pass on that our own Corine Hegland has joined the likes of Molly Ivins, Anthony Lewis, Amy Goodman and other distinguished print journalists by winning the 2006 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism for her February 2006 stories on the Guantanamo detainees. The award is given out annually by Hunter College in New York City.

    The college picks four or five winners per year, and Corine and National Journal were honored along with a Mother Jones story on man’s harmful effects on the world’s oceans, the Los Angeles Times for exposing the US government’s uranium mining on Navajo land and subsequent abandonment of the Navajo people when radiation began to kill them; and the South Florida Sun-Sentinel for portraying the grave plight and remarkable resiliency of AIDS orphans in Haiti.

    The college also gave a special lifetime achievement award to broadcaster-columnist Amy Goodman.

    Corine will receive the award in New York on Tuesday April 17.

    Here’s what the college said about Corine’s work in its press release put out today:

      “Guantanamo’s Grip” by Corine Hegland, National Journal

      Who Are the Detainees?

      Intrigued by the rising number of hunger strikes at Guantanamo Bay, National Journal Staff Correspondent Corine Hegland set about to discover who exactly the Guantánamo detainees were — guileful terrorists? desperate innocent men?

      The resulting investigation scrutinized 6000 pages of court documents to create a thorough database on 132 of the detainees and partial information on 314 others. Their findings: according to the government’s own records, most of the men weren’t known terrorists, weren’t captured on the battlefield, and weren’t even accused of fighting the United States.

    Join us in congratulating Corine. We’re very proud.

Paul Singer Leaves National Journal For Roll Call

From National Journal’s Charlie Green:

    All the best to Paul Singer, who’s accepted a position as a senior investigative reporter at Roll Call, where he will be reuniting with Roll Call Editor Charlie Mitchell. As Paul puts it, “Charlie and I first began working together in 1990, and several of my other friends and former colleagues work at Roll Call. Someone reminded me of the old line from the Blues Brothers movie–’We’re getting the band back together, man!” Paul has been a valued member of the NJ staff since starting here nearly three years ago. He’s covered lobbying and the executive branch for NJ, as well as help supervise our interns. We’ll miss not only Paul’s articles for NJ (such as his piece that traced how the Katrina money was spent and his cover story on the Bush White House’s efforts to transform the executive branch) but also his infectious enthusiasm and endless energy. Paul’s last day at NJ will be February 16.

From Roll Call’s Charlie Mitchell:

    I am pleased to announce the hiring of Paul Singer to join our investigative reporting team. Paul most recently has been covering Katrina-related misdeeds among other enterprise projects as a staff writer for National Journal. Prior to that he was A.P.’s Cleveland bureau chief and has years of experience rooting for skeletons in various congressional and administration cellars. He will be working closely with Rachel Van Dongen and pursuing a variety of enterprise projects. Paul’s first day will be Feb. 20.